In 2007, a small group of cancer survivors formed a dragon boat team called Central Coast SurviveOars (CCSO). CCSO was briefly a program of a local cancer support organization, Enhancement, Inc; then it became a program of Team Survivor Los Angeles, a non-profit corporation for cancer survivors participating in a variety of competitive sports. CCSO welcomed cancer survivors, family members and anyone else who wanted to support the team.
Team Survivor Los Angeles dissolved in 2014. CCSO needed legal status to accept donations and own assets; so the team decided to incorporate as a non-profit organization under IRS 501(c)(3). The team’s incorporating committee recognized that almost every adult has been affected by cancer, either directly or as a friend or family member; and that participation by supporters was important and helpful to the cancer survivors on the team. The team hoped to expand the sport of dragon boating on the central coast by serving as an ‘umbrella’ organization for new teams, while continuing its primary purpose of supporting the health and well-being of cancer survivors.
The incorporators named the new non-profit corporation Central Coast Dragon Boat Association (CCDBA), so that every potential paddler would know he or she was welcome. Since 2014, CCDBA has operated as an all-volunteer, public benefit nonprofit corporation. CCSO continues to thrive as the main program of CCDBA, with around 100 affiliated paddlers. A new team of college-age paddlers, Voyagers Dragon Boat, was added in 2018.